List of famous lexicographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. What is a lexicographer? Quite simply, a lexicographer is someone who compiles dictionaries. Who are the top lexicographers in the world? This includes the most prominent lexicographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lexicographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lexicographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lexicographers.
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From reputable, prominent, and well known lexicographers to the lesser known lexicographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lexicographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lexicographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous lexicographers?" then you're in the right place.
- Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as... more
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet,... more
- Sir William Alexander Craigie (13 August 1867 – 2 September 1957) was a philologist and a... more
- Eric Honeywood Partridge was a New Zealand–British lexicographer of the English language,... more
- Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, FBA (; 7 February 1837 – 26 July 1915) was a Scottish... more
- Philip Babcock Gove (1902–1972) was an American lexicographer who was editor-in-chief of the... more
- Reverend Thomas Dyche was an English schoolmaster and lexicographer from Ashbourne,... more
- Noah Webster Jr. (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843) was an American lexicographer, textbook... more
- Nicolas Slonimsky (April 27 [O.S. April 15] 1894 – December 25, 1995), born Nikolai... more
- Henry Bradley was a British philologist and lexicographer who succeeded James Murray as senior... more
- Patrick Hanks is an English lexicographer, corpus linguist, and onomastician. He has edited... more
- Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda (Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר בֵּן־יְהוּדָה; pronounced [eli'ʕezeɾ ben jehu'da];... more
- Jeff Prucher is an author.
- Henry Watson Fowler (10 March 1858 – 26 December 1933) was an English schoolmaster,... more
- Anton Pann (Romanian pronunciation: [anˈton ˈpan]; born Antonie Pantoleon-Petroveanu... more
- Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490 – 26 March 1546) was an English diplomat and scholar.
- Ivar Andreas Aasen (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈiːvɑr ˈoːsn̩]; 5 August 1813 – 23 September... more
- Allameh Ali Akbar Dehkhodā (Persian: علیاکبر دهخدا; 1879–March 9, 1956) was a prominent... more
- Katherine Patricia Mary Barber (born 1959) is a Canadian lexicographer and was previously... more
- Avraham Even-Shoshan (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם אֶבֶן שׁוֹשָׁן; 1906–1984) was a Russian-born Hebrew... more
- Émile Maximilien Paul Littré (French: [litʁe]; 1 February 1801 – 2 June 1881) was a French... more
- Erin McKean (born 1971) is an American lexicographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Robert William Burchfield CNZM, CBE (27 January 1923 – 5 July 2004) was a lexicographer,... more
- Susie Dent (born 1964/1965) is an English lexicographer and etymologist. She has appeared in... more
- Frederick James Furnivall (1825–1910), one of the co-creators of the New English Dictionary,... more